Survival of the Giftest

Dad’s got ties up the wazoo and your sweetie doesn’t golf. What to do when standard man gifts don’t apply? Give him something a little more evolved.

The Cave Painter
All men are fartsy, but only yours is so artsy. He’ll dig ultra soft A Priceless Way shirts made by two local rockers or the new Stanley Kubrick Collection.

foxy!The Hunter/Gatherer
Will appreciate your search for the quirky and offbeat. Grab a Russian fur hat or electric train set at Foxmaid, a new gift shop from the hepcats at Square Room (411 East Pine Street; 206-267-7120) or pour it on thick with local artist Frances Smersh’s concrete cuff links (Click! Design That Fits, 2210 California Avenue Southwest; 206-328-9252).

green up his act!

Homo Erectus
He’s a stand-up guy. He’ll save the world with Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day and still be home in time to prepare your dinner with a Wüsthof Classic Ikon chef’s knife (Sur la Table, 84 Pine Street; 206-448-2244).

laugh it up, fuzzball!

Will recognize his likeness in a Chewbacca USB flash drive. Unleash his inner warrior with a membership to Ultimate Fighter Ivan Salaverry’s Mixed Martial Arts Studio (230 Eighth Avenue North; 206-652-8381) or help him clean up his act with a haircut and hot towel shave at swanky Valentine’s (7912 Greenwood Avenue North; 206-706-6303).

And if your thoughtful present brings tears to his eyes? Just call him Louis Leakey.

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